Here’s the deal. Before I got seriously into woodworking, I bought a table saw for DIY repairs. It’s the crappy Ryobi one you can get for like 80 or 100 bucks. The top is aluminum (warped like crazy), can’t fit any decent insert so therefore can’t saw anything thinner than about 3/4, fence sucks, etc. I could go on for an hour about how much I regret that saw. Point is, at some point I’ll need a new table saw.
My family is thinking about moving in maybe a year or two (baby is getting older needs more room), and when we do we’ll end up with a house with enough shop space for both a decent TS and a band saw. For now, though, I am really limited to one or the other. So here is what I was thinking: get a band saw that I’ll want to keep for a while and ditch the table saw. I’d probably keep the motor for some other project, but the rest of it is pure trash. Evacuating the table saw spot will give me room for a band saw. Once we move to a bigger place, I’ll find a table saw that is worthy. Downside is I’ll be without a TS for a year or two, but with a good band saw and my set of handplanes, I think I can get a bandsaw doing a better table saw impression than my current table saw. Not trying to start a debate about which is more necessary, but I’d like to get feedback on whether people think this is a good idea or not. Has anyone else swapped a crappy table saw for a nicer band saw?
Second order of business is to find a nicer bandsaw. Not a lot of money, so I’m probably looking at a new Craftsman from Sears or used on the Craiger. I’d love a 14” as I hope to do some light resawing on it. Here’s what came up:
It looks like a Griz G1019 (anyone know better?). I don’t see a fence, but that’s not a big problem since I plan on getting a new fence anyway. The guy wants $150 for it, which would seem fair with the fence. Maybe I can talk him down to 100… any suggestions would be great. I left the guy a message, will keep you all updated. Thanks for being such a good resource.
-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.